After failing to receive the assurances he wanted with regard to Lotus' financial future, Raikkonen last week opted to sign a two-year deal with the team that made him world champion in 2007. Asked why he was continuing to drive for Lotus, despite not being paid - the issue is understood to centre around performance-related payments rather than his basic wage - Raikkonen said: "I like to race. That's the only reason why I'm here, it doesn't matter which team it is.
"The reason why I left the team is really on the money side," he added, with refreshing honesty. "The team said they haven't got my salary. It's an unfortunate thing."
Raikkonen indicated he might have stayed with Lotus if they had resolved their financial issues. "They know what it is," he said. "Hard to say which way it would have gone if it had happened, but the deal is done and I'm happy."
In replacing Felipe Massa, Raikkonen is to partner Fernando Alonso from 2014, and the Finn is unlikely to want to play a subservient role. "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work," he said. "If there is something then I'm sure we can talk it through.